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encode

[en-kohd] /ɛnˈkoʊd/
verb (used with object), encoded, encoding.
1.
to convert (a message, information, etc.) into code.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; en-1 + code
Related forms
encodable, adjective
encodement, noun
encoder, noun
misencode, verb (used with object), misencoded, misencoding.
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Examples from the web for encode
  • The computers then encode the video, converting it to a format that can be viewed within the system.
  • The end result is a brain that is much, much more than simply the sum of the nucleotides that encode a few thousand proteins.
  • Ingeniously, they encode the information and store it electronically for release on command or on some schedule.
  • Genetic technology allows genes, and thus the proteins those genes encode, to be knocked out of individual mice.
  • Covering fibres in a reflective coating allows them to be used to encode information within their vibrations.
  • The new isolate may also encode a few novel gene products whose function is, as yet, unknown.
  • The protocols used to encode and transfer e-mail messages are simple and are not owned by anyone.
  • But all cultures encode their genius in their languages, stories, and lexicons.
  • In the early days, scientists detailed how genes encode the various proteins that make up the cells in our bodies.
  • But electrons have another property, their spin, which can also be exploited to encode information.
British Dictionary definitions for encode

encode

/ɪnˈkəʊd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to convert (a message) from plain text into code
2.
(computing) to convert (characters and symbols) into a digital form as a series of impulses Compare decode (sense 2)
3.
to convert (an electrical signal) into a form suitable for transmission
4.
to convert (a nerve signal) into a form that can be received by the brain
5.
to use (a word, phrase, etc, esp of a foreign language) in the construction appropriate to it in that language
Derived Forms
encodement, noun
encoder, noun
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Word Origin and History for encode
v.

1919, from en- (1) "make, put in" + code. Computing sense is from 1955, usually shortened colloquially to code. Related: Encoded; encoding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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encode in Science
encode
  (ěn-kōd')   
To specify the genetic code for the synthesis of a protein molecule or a part of a protein molecule.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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encode in Technology


1. To convert data or some physical quantity into a given format. E.g. uuencode.
See also encoder.
2. To encrypt, to perform encryption.
(1999-07-06)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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